Bo­ganda­ganda hold Green Mamba to a bar­ren stale­mate

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- Mat­sapha United made the most of home ground ad­van­tage and held a slug­gish Green Mamba to a goal­less draw yes­ter­day dur­ing their MTN premier league clash.

The match t ook pl a c e at Nsukuwan­suku sta­dium and was an even game as both teams got back to their league cam­paigns.

The first half was a bal­anced af­fair, with both teams get­ting ball pos­ses­sion and chances at goal. It was Green Mamba who had the first chance with only 11 min­utes into the in when Banele ‘Banny’ Mdluli drib­bled into the box but shot straight into the hands of United goal­keeper In­no­cent Adja's.

Game

The game ebbed and flowed as both teams tried to es­tab­lish dom­i­nance.

Mat­sapha United's Nh­lanhla Mahlalela failed to make use of a bril­liant break when he sent in a poor cross that fell to Thokozani Mkhulisi's hand.

Green Mamba could have ended the first half ahead when striker Musa Dlamini clipped the top post in the 40th minute. His first time shot could not fall in time as it hit the cross­bar .

That proved to be the last chance of the open­ing half, as both teams went into the break level.

The sec­ond stanza started with an early sub­sti­tu­tion as Mat­sapha United pulled off Leonard Ahaidekey who came off for Si­fiso Dlamini.

The home side showed more at­tack­ing in­tent mov­ing for­ward with more pur­pose as the sub­sti­tute com­bined well with John­son Men­sah.

Mat­sapha's new found con­fi­dence forced the vis­i­tors coach Caleb Ng­wenya to make a sub­sti­tu­tion bring­ing on tar­get man Phinda Phin­drix Dlamini for ‘ Banny’ Mdluli af­ter the hour mark.

The teams Mat­sapha Changed

This changed the game mo­men­tum a bit as Green Mamba played with more ef­fi­ciency but still could not break down the Mat­sapha de­fence.

Spurred on by the roar­ing, home crowd, Men­sah and Dlamini con­tin­ued to be a thorn in the Green Mamba de­fence, com­bin­ing well. Men­sah had the crowd on their feet when he pow­ered past de­fence but failed to con­vert an out­side shot that went wide.

Next would be Si­fiso Dlamini, who was un­lucky not to score af­ter his out­side shot fizzed just over the bar af­ter break­ing free. The high in­ten­sity match, un­for­tu­nately for the pay­ing fans ended in a stale­mate with Mat­sapha United the hap­pier of the two sides af­ter manag­ing a draw against strong op­po­si­tion.

In­no­cent, Man­coba, Dino, Si­hawu, Thami, Mzwandile, Bandile, John­son, Mcebo, Leonard, Nh­lanhla

Green Mamba

Thokozani, Sanele, Thabiso, Sanele, Banele, Khethokuhle, Mx­olisi, Njab­ulo Ma­gag­ula , Banele, Njab­ulo Tfwala, Musa

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